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Hyundai Santa Fe vs Toyota Fortuner - Attitude Adjustment
Itís the inevitable comparison, but is the outcome inevitable?
By : Srinivas Krishnan | Published : January 31, 2011 | Photos : Pablo Chaterji
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Powering the Fortuner is a grunty 3.0-litre 16-valve four-cylinder DOHC turbocharged, intercooled common-rail (phew!) diesel with 168 bhp at 3600 rpm and nearly 35 kgm of torque that develops between 1400 and 3400 rpm. The fact that this motor can also be seen under the hood of the Prado should mean something, right? Yeah, but it’s surprisingly not as refined as the smaller D4-D in the Innova and is a bit noisy. But there’s no doubting its ability to lug this fairly large SUV effortlessly, even when in low traction conditions. But when it comes to the sheer specifications, it’s the Santa Fe’s engine that wins over here. This motor displaces only 2200cc, but it puts out a whopping 194 bhp at 4000 rpm and 42 kgm of Fortuner-pulling turning force between 1800 and 2500 rpm. The presence of VGT means it is more responsive and overall, this engine is much more civilised than that inside the Toyota.

So you know what happens when we strap the VBox and get the figures out, right? No surprises there: the Santa Fe consistently outperforms the Toyota in all the key parameters. 100 kph comes up in 10.77 seconds as compared to the Fortuner’s 13.1 seconds. It takes just 6.8 seconds for the 80 to 120 kph run as opposed to the relatively slow 10.4 seconds taken by the Fortuner. Both achieve speeds of 150 kph plus – but I frankly don’t want to drive these SUVs at those speeds. The engine outputs apart, the Fortuner has a slight advantage of weight – it is six kilogrammes lighter but considerably less powerful too. Two-Zero favouring Hyundai, but that’s not all.
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  Posted by Aashish at 20th November,2011
Santa Fe was the highest selling SUV in the US
  Posted by Rohan at 10th February,2011
Th interior of the Fortuner looks exactly like the innova,which looks so dull when compared to the santa fe. this where the hyundai scores more..
  Posted by New Car at 7th February,2011
new car.. awesome awesomw awesomee.... i like it
  Posted by Motorhead at 3rd February,2011
23 lacs for a Hyundai?! For 23 lacs you now get a base BMW X1 petrol. I know its petrol vs diesel, but methinks the BMW badge would still tempt a sizable number of people away to the X1. So the Santa Fe is essentially stuck between a rock (Fortuner) and a hard place (X1). Think of it practically - when you can get a Fortuner's presence for 19 lacs or a BMW's snob value for 23, will you seriously give a Hyundai for 23 lacs any thought? Saving grace for the Korean ute is that both the X1 and Fortuner have waiting periods of 6 months+. Guess 95% of Santa Fe sales would be from impatient customers.
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